We all know that social media is increasingly important in many peoples lives. We check our stats, notifications, likes, follows and friend requests etc. and it’s no different for amateur and professional bloggers: we use social media to publicise our work.
For public historians, it is crucial that they promote their latest TV programs, books and magazine articles using modern social media platforms to engage with the interested public. It is a vital aspect in gaining readers, viewers and consumers of public history.
For an amateur blogger, it is similar, if on a much smaller scale, and it is an often thankless task. However, putting yourself ‘out there’ is important if you want your blog to be read, readers = views and depending on your reasons for blogging, the growth of readers on a monthly basis offers a sense of achievement.
I have been trying to up my social media presence to varying degrees of success. I have a private Facebook account and I do share some blog posts with family, particularly family history posts and they are popular for obvious reasons.
In the last 10 months of committed blogging, I’ve been exploring my social media options – I’ve listed below all of the platforms on which I can be found.
I recently started an HistorianRuby Facebook page. I add my blog posts on there and other snapshots of historic interest (to me and hopefully others!). Largely due to my personal account my views referred by Facebook are close to 1,000 but if I put the effort into the new page hopefully the views from that will pick up.
DECEMBER UPDATE: my FaceBook views have surpassed 2,300 that is largely due to sharing on a couple of local history or family tree boards. This does have a positive short-term effect but sadly makes your daily stats look miserly in comparison to your popular viewing day after sharing your article.
Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/HistorianRuby/
I’ve started a new page dedicated to the British royals! This will publish historical blog posts AND up-to-date articles covering all your favourite modern royals! I really would welcome your input with this page and if you have a royal post that you would like to share, please contact me.
I have a few guidelines when writing guest posts and it generally boils down to ‘let’s be nice’ – but I don’t like to see lots of swearing unless there is a relevance. Your older posts or something more recent could find a new home on British Royal Family Then and Now!
To give this page a kick-start I will need lots of ‘Likes’ so please be generous and follow the link to like this brand new forum for bloggers to share their historical knowledge or something more recent about Queenie and Co.
I started an HistorianRuby Instagram account in the weeks after I started my blog but again I was pretty inactive at first. I’ve tried to up my game in recent weeks but was thwarted as three posts to my Instagram account froze this weekend and I’ve had to uninstall and install again to fix the problem.
DECEMBER UPDATE: oops I’ve been really poor at posting on my Insta account. Maybe that’s something to work on in 2019.
You can search for me using: @historianruby
I follow tons of historians on Twitter, it is an account that was set up for public history when I was at university. I share my blog automatically with Twitter along with various newspaper articles that pique my interest.
DECEMBER UPDATE: my Twitter engagement has increased a little bit and my stats show a modest increase for the second half of the year. Again, I need to work on this in 2019.
I can be followed by searching @ruthrblair
I share my blog on Google + automatically and can confess that is all I do on Google +. Does anyone use this forum on a regular basis? I have no idea how to use it or of its benefits to my blog!
DECEMBER UPDATE: no change!
I’ve recently started working on my Pinterest account. It is still a work in progress. I’ve several boards related to my recent posts (as well as all my blog articles) and I plan to tweak some more going forward. I’m HistorianRuby on my page but somehow my URL has my full name on it rather than my husband’s nickname for me, Ruby.
DECEMBER UPDATE: this is where I’ve made good progress on a new platform for the second part of the year. My views are definitely not stratospheric but have overtaken Twitter and my account has only been active for approximately six months. I will need to work on this in 2019 but it has become a habit to look at it daily and Pin photos of historical interest. I’ve also started looking at it for inspiration away from my history theme.
I can be followed by searching for https://pinterest.co.uk/ruthrblair/
HistorianRuby has a Reddit account! I’ve had a total of 77 views referred from Reddit – not bad I suppose, as I just share my posts and don’t engage with others on that forum.
DECEMBER UPDATE: not brilliant but shows a small increase in referrals – I can only expect a small response if they only ever get a small amount of engagement from me.
I have used this for photos of postal history for a few years. I added pictures of Hampton Court Palace and was really disappointed that my page that was filled with red disappeared so I deleted all other photos except post boxes! It’s a little quirky but I like it!
DECEMBER UPDATE: no change! Still there, still underused!
Don’t forget that the majority of my social media links can be found on my home page for ease of access and I would love you to follow me! Please let me know in the comments if you’d like me to follow you back.